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April 6, 2010


"A floppy mop of blond hair flew behind Jamison Olson as he popped out the bottom of a tunnel slide. He cast a few backward glances at his mother Ingrid Evans Olson, who followed close behind, before letting loose with laughter and jumping into the waiting arms of Reva Evans Olson, his other mother.

"It has been one year since the Iowa Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in favor of the Evans Olsons and five other couples who sued for the right to marry. The decision overturned a 1998 state law banning same-gender couples from marrying, saying it denied 'gay and lesbian people the equal protection of the law promised by the Iowa Constitution.'

"...In December 2005, they filed their lawsuit in Polk County District Court after being denied a marriage license by the county recorder there. Lambda Legal, a national gay rights group, organized the lawsuit and provided pro bono legal representation to the plaintiff couples.

"...'We didn't want Jamison to be 20 years old and say, so you could've been part of this lawsuit and you didn't? Why didn't you stand up for our family?' Ingrid said."

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